Everyone puts plenty of thought into the music for the reception, but the right music can set the proper tone for a wedding ceremony as well. Classical music has played a major part in many religious traditions, and several of the most well-known composers wrote for the church. If you aren’t having a religious service, special pieces of classical or instrumental music that are meaningful to the couple can also greatly enhance a secular ceremony.
If you are looking for some classical favorites for your walk down the aisle (a question I often get asked by brides as well) here are some of my favorites:
Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (from Lohengrin); the ever-popular Pachelbel’s Canon in D
During the ceremony: Bach/Gounod Ave Maria; Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim; the beloved Schubert Ave Maria; One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story
Recessional: Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Mendelssohn’s Wedding March; and my personal fave, Widor’s organ Toccata! 🙂
Another great source of instrumental music, especially for piano and cello, are the popular Piano Guys.
Just be careful when hiring musicians, since as with all vendors, you get what you pay for! You may or may not want your ceremony to end up like this…
Happy wedding planning! 😉